Yet another month is over, and cheers to September as I actually quite enjoyed it! I had my first true vacation since 2016 and came back relaxed and renewed and ready for new
victories attempts at things. It’s not about winning, trying is enough, right? 🤔 Anyway, I’ve firmly decided I need to let some things go, and just try and enjoy my life as much as I can, I don’t like wasting the precious time I have. Enough with the preaching, let’s get down to rounding up!
What I’ve Read in September + October TBR
I was very slow in this area (I’m like a broken record) because of my vacation, so I’ve only read one novel. 😱 It’s The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell, and a review is coming soon! I’m also half done with The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente, it’s utterly magical and I love it, this series is quickly becoming one of my favorites! And I’m a quarter done with my buddy read of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill with the amazingly patient Kara. I’ve also read a creepy short story on Tor.com called Triquetra, and I quite liked it.
Now, for my October TBR. Two years ago I decided that each October I’ll read nothing but Gothic/horror fiction, and I think last year went great. This year I’ll also try some unread classics like The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter. I’d love to fit in a few more but we’ll see how these go, and that’s only after I finish my two current reads.
Now in this section I accomplished a lot. Almost each night of my vacation, me and my bf watched something, and when I got back to Serbia I went straight to my mom’s where we watched several movies. And then this entire weekend I spent binge-watching new shows. I’ve also followed up on my promise to do the The Letterboxd Season Challenge. Linked is my final list, so if you want to check it out let me know if you liked some of these movies (or not).
Movies I’ve watched: The Hunt, My rating on IMDB: 7/10; Deadpool 2, My rating on IMDB: 8/10; The Lady in the Van, My rating on IMDB: 9/10; Burn After Reading, My rating on IMDB: 7/10; All the Money in the World, My rating on IMDB: 8/10; Gringo, My rating on IMDB: 7/10; Stand by Me (Letterboxd #1), My rating on IMDB: 7/10; Dead Calm (Letterboxd #2), My rating on IMDB: 8/10; A Quiet Place, My rating on IMDB: 8/10; Wicker Park, My rating on IMDB: 7/10; Ladies in Lavender, My rating on IMDB: 6/10; and Gone Missing, My rating on IMDB: 5/10. Phew.
I loved this one the most, brilliant movie.
TV shows. Oh boy. I’m currently following Better Call Saul (An amazing prequel to Breaking Bad), Grey’s Anatomy (<3), A Discovery of Witches (In hopes it’s better than the book), American Horror Story (I’m a fan again!), and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Funnier than ever). Juggling 5 shows ain’t easy, and I’ve got several new shows starting in October. 😱
I also managed to binge-watch 3 shows, and started the fourth! Disenchantment season 1 was so cool, can’t wait for more; I’ve finally watched Lore S1, right in time for S2 premiere, and it’s great; Forever S1 was pretty weird but special, and I think I’ll continue watching. And, today I hope to continue Hilda, a cartoon based on a comic I’ve always desperately wanted to read but never got to it. Episode 1 was uber cute and delightful!
My vacation took half of the month, so I didn’t do much else really, except rolling on the beaches in Greece. I’ll write a travelogue for that soon and post some ghastly pictures. 🙂 My visits to my mom are very frequent now as I’ve decided to leave my dog living there for a longer period. He just seems way more happier with a constant access to a yard, and he loves playing with cats (Can’t say the same for them). It breaks my heart not to be with him, but I need to do what’s best for him at the moment, at least until I find another apartment or a house. I still take care of him, but I’m not bringing him back to my shitty apartment for the time being. I may relieve my mom of one kitten though, since she has two cats and four kittens now and it’s too much, but I can definitely take care of one of these fluffs, just look at them. 🙂 The other two are pickle-sized so no photos of them.
What were you guys up to in September? Are you looking forward to October and all the spookiness? 🎃 💀 👻 Which books you’ll read, which movies and shows you’ll watch, and are you ready for Halloween? Talk to me guys! ❤
P.S. Illustrators, artists, and all of you who like to doodle – are you participating in any challenges this October? Apart from #Inktober, I’ve found this amazing challenge created by the brilliant Mab Graves, so check it out! I don’t think I can commit myself to drawing each day, but I’d sure like to try my hand at Drawlloween!